Monday, March 21, 2011

Tour CERN's Large Hadron Collider

360 Cities hosts 360 degree panoramas of landmarks around the world. (Turn on the 360 Cities layer in Google Earth for some great imagery). One of the neat panoramas that science teachers might like to view is of CERN's Large Hadron Collider. The panorama allows you to spin and zoom through the interior of CERN.

CERN CMS 4 in Europe

Thanks to Danny Nicholson for Tweeting the link.

And for a really fun overview of the CERN Large Hadron Collider watch this rap video made by an American scientist working on the CERN project.

Touching Lives Through Theatre Grants

As school budgets continue to shrink across the country it is often extracurricular programs like drama clubs that see their funding disappear. Fortunately, with a little searching you can find some grant programs (here are ten) that can possibly replace some of that lost funding. Touching Lives Through Theatre Grants offers grants of $100 to $500 for middle school and high school theater programs. To be eligible for a grant the drama program must receive less than $500 annually from the school or district. Grants are available for schools in the US and Canada. Applications must be received by June 30, 2011. Read all of application requirements here.

If you run a drama program for elementary school students, you might be interested in applying for a $300 grant from The Charlie Lovett Fund for Elementary Drama.

Learn Eight Languages in One Place

There are a lot of places on the web where you can find flashcards, games, and quizzes designed to help you learn a new language, I featured eleven good places here. Over the weekend I found another good site to add to  that list. Learn a Language offers flashcards and games for learning eight different languages. Learn a Language offers activities in Spanish, Italian, German, Russian, French, Japanese, Chinese, and English. 

The format for Learn a Language is the same for all eight languages. Users select a language then choose if they want to study individual words or phrases. Whichever they choose the format that follows is the same. Users can study flashcards then play a game called Lingo Dingo. Lingo Dingo requires players to accurately type a word or phrase before it disappears. The object of the game is to construct a dingo by earning points for correctly typed words and phrases. 

Applications for Education
Learn a Language could be a good place for students to practice spelling words and phrases in the language that they are studying. 

Snag Learning Film of the Week - Aquafinito

This week's Snag Learning Film of the Week is Aquafinito. Aquafinito is a short (8 minutes) film about bottled water. The film examines why people buy and drink bottled water instead of drinking tap water. Viewers will also learn about the environmental costs of drinking bottled water compared to drinking tap water. The privatization of water supplies around the world is also explored in the film. You can watch the film and find discussion questions for it here.

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Keeping Track of the Good Stuff

On Saturday I shared with you how to keep up with the flow of good information that is found on the web. Today, I'd like to share with you some strategies and tools for keeping track of the good stuff that you find through your RSS reader.

Use an Online Bookmarking Service.
Yes, you can use the bookmark option in your web browser, but those bookmarks are only saved on one computer. If you use multiple computers, you will want a way to access your bookmarks from every computer you use. Online bookmarking services allow you to save links and snippets of text (helpful for remembering why you bookmarked a site) into one account that you can access anywhere. There are a lot of good online bookmarking services, Diigo and Evernote are very popular, but I use Google Bookmarks for this purpose. Google Bookmarks is a part of my Google account which means that I don't have to remember multiple account names and passwords. Below you will find two tutorials for getting started with Google Bookmarks.

Another popular online bookmarking service is Delicious. Although it was widely rumored last December that Delicious might shut-down, it is still chugging along as a part of Yahoo. The Common Craft video below explains the benefits of social bookmarking and how to use Delicious.

Diigo has been popular with educators for quite a while. Some of its features moved behind a paywall last year, but it's still a good service to consider as a replacement for Delicious. Last fall,  Jose Picardo (I highly recommend his blog) posted a quick guide to annotating using Diigo. He created the video for his students and if you're considering using Diigo with your students it could be very useful for you too. The video is embedded below.

A Guide to Annotating using Diigo from José Picardo on Vimeo.

Bookmarking and Sharing Links in Google Reader.
So after reading about RSS in Saturday's post you signed up for Google Reader and started subscribing to your favorite blogs. That's great! Now let's look at how you can save and share the stories you find interesting in your Google Reader.

When you come across a story in your Google Reader account that you want to save for quick access later, you can simply star it and it will be added your "starred stories" category. You can go back and access those stories later.
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You can also share stories from within Google Reader. The Google-produced video below shows you how to do this.